Two-time F1 and Indy champion Emerson Fittipaldi had been busy. Putting together a team of engineers and designers who can create a potent and in fact possibly iconic new supercar isn’t a walk in the park. Well, he seems to be headed in the right direction as the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show has the potential to be the next Pagani Zonda.
His years of association with racing teams and manufacturers did get him the contacts required. So the design was done by Pininfarina, which has a mighty good portfolio comprising of some great-looking cars. The engineering was executed by HWA, an offshoot of AMG that runs Mercedes’ DTM operations. The styling is reminiscent of a shark and the entire body has been made out of carbon-fiber. Wrapped around a racing-style monocoque chassis, the bodywork has also been garnished by a super-sized rear wing which will upset a Lamborghini Veneno. The headlights may be missed by many at first glance, given its position. The super-light body and chassis have also been proven its crashworthiness which will be a big relief for serious drivers who are planning to buy a Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo.
Now, the engine. HWA built it from ground up instead of opting for the familiar and at times easier route of borrowing one and then going about with the job of retuning it. This all-new powerplant is an old-school naturally aspirated 4.8-liter, 600bhp, 420Nm, V8 which comes mated with a 6-speed sequential gearbox and a two-way mechanical limited slip differential. Power is directed towards the rear wheels and that promises a lot of tail-happy fun from this machine. There are no carbon ceramic disc brakes as the creators have opted for ventilated steel units instead.
There is a certain simplicity in the mechanicals which many may appreciate about the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo. It’s not turbocharged. It isn’t a hybrid. There isn’t too much gadgets or wizardry in it. Heck, they even opted for steel disc brakes and independent wishbones with coilover springs as its suspension set-up. And it isn’t a four-wheel-drive machine too. This looks more like a very expensive go-kart than a futuristic supercar and we are sure that the very appeal of the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo will be in that..
How soon will anyone get to drive one? For those who own a PlayStation 4, the car is a part of the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport game. For others who want more, the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo will be available at an undisclosed price with extensive customization options and even personal coaching from the man himself.